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by snacksthecat
Yesterday, 23:56
Forum: Other external
Topic: Yahoo! Japan Auctions Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 5460

Re: Yahoo! Japan Auctions Thread

Dude subcat thank you for these posts. You’re expanding my world.
by snacksthecat
18 Jul 2019, 17:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Input Club Beamspring-like? new board
Replies: 39
Views: 2869

Re: Input Club Beamspring-like? new board

It's interesting because typing on a beamspring almost feels like typing in rewind. By that I mean, you can feel the fly plate snap up at you when you press a key. It's so very different from conventional switches, I'm not sure how it could be reproduced in a different way.
by snacksthecat
17 Jul 2019, 03:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Smith Corona Typewriter
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Smith Corona Typewriter

I've been playing around with this photogrammetry stuff again. Still getting the hang of it but it's very cool. Basically you take a bunch of photos of an object/place and run it through software that constructs a 3d model. This one's a little rough but I'm still learning :) Here's my typewriter htt...
by snacksthecat
17 Jul 2019, 00:43
Forum: Workshop
Topic: xwhatsit beamspring converter board "not found"
Replies: 17
Views: 1202

Re: xwhatsit beamspring converter board "not found"

Hi, I just finished (badly, SMD sucks so hard) soldering up a Beamspring -USB-5251 Rev 4. When I plug it into my computer (win 10), it says "USB device not recognized) and when I try to start up the capsense utility it says "No Controller found" Here's the parts list: Sheet 1: Beamspring-USB Id Des...
by snacksthecat
17 Jul 2019, 00:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: xwhatsit beamspring converter board "not found"
Replies: 17
Views: 1202

Re: xwhatsit beamspring converter board "not found"

DMA wrote:
16 Jul 2019, 23:58
Oh, don't worry. If you pass the "solder it correctly" part - you'll just unlock level 2.
The boss on level 2 is "find a threshold which reliably registers keypresses and yet doesn't spuriously fire when I don't press anything". :)
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by snacksthecat
17 Jul 2019, 00:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Input Club Beamspring-like? new board
Replies: 39
Views: 2869

Re: Input Club Beamspring-like? new board

30 billion keypresses OR a weekend in my workshop (and by “workshop” I mean “apartment”) Seriously, go read my Univac Micro Switch thread. I think I’ve destroyed those things with my stupidity in every way possible. They may be contactless beasts who can put up big reps but man do they want to be tr...
by snacksthecat
16 Jul 2019, 19:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 48
Views: 2901

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

PancakeMSTR wrote:
16 Jul 2019, 18:38
How do you know how to wire up the commonsense controller?
It's described in the github repo but it's a bit confusing. I tried putting together a simpler guide.

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by snacksthecat
16 Jul 2019, 19:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 48
Views: 2901

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Thanks Robb. I'm going to check into that.

Also sorry I haven't gotten back to you yet.
by snacksthecat
15 Jul 2019, 16:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

kmnov2017 wrote:
15 Jul 2019, 16:36
As expected, there's no corrosion....
I guess the parts had just been together so long that they got stuck together. You just broke up a 40 year marriage!
by snacksthecat
15 Jul 2019, 16:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: PSA: Soarer's "Simple Logic Analyzer" exists and it's awesome
Replies: 7
Views: 866

Re: PSA: Soarer's "Simple Logic Analyzer" exists and it's awesome

I suspect it’s also because most all of us have no idea what to do with a logic analyser. How do you turn those square wave patterns into a keyboard converter? You can extract binary scancodes from it. Data square wave, up is 1 down is 0. Then convert them to the one supported by current operating ...
by snacksthecat
14 Jul 2019, 19:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: PSA: Soarer's "Simple Logic Analyzer" exists and it's awesome
Replies: 7
Views: 866

PSA: Soarer's "Simple Logic Analyzer" exists and it's awesome

Side note before I get into the topic, I just hit 1000 posts! https://i.imgur.com/4PvyY4l.png Now that that's out of the way, this post is about... Soarer's simple logic analyzer Many times on this forum I come across troubleshooting threads where many different things are suggested. But I never eve...
by snacksthecat
14 Jul 2019, 18:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Help: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

Now I am contemplating the below: 1. Solder out the edge connector from the original controller board 2. Leave the controller as is, and solder in a CY8CKIT-059 directly on to the back of the edge connector (where the pins are exposed) That's actually not a bad idea if it really won't budge. The mo...
by snacksthecat
14 Jul 2019, 18:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Help: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

I'm not sure about the beams themselves, but these switches in whole do wear out. I have a pretty heavily used beamspring 3278 as my daily driver and the heavily used keys(can see by the shine on caps. No texture left whatsoever...)have different characteristics when compared to those basically unu...
by snacksthecat
14 Jul 2019, 00:51
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 113
Views: 6338

Re: Deskthority header images v2

Just got these nifty micro switch SD keycaps and decided to take some photos

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by snacksthecat
14 Jul 2019, 00:11
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

Well I can't find anything higher than 3% in a brick and mortar store near me. But I guess disolving oxyclean results in hydrogen peroxide. I'm not sure if this is going to make any difference. What I'm trying is spraying down the plastic with peroxide then sprinkling some oxyclean on top. I drilled...
by snacksthecat
13 Jul 2019, 23:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 48
Views: 2901

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Okay I may have jumped the gun with that last conclusion. The jury is still out but I suspect it may be a problem. Anyways, I'm moving forward using the other keyboard as a stand-in. The edge connector on the PCB had a bunch of black spots. Some sort of corrosion/oxidation (?). I removed this with r...
by snacksthecat
13 Jul 2019, 22:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)
Replies: 51
Views: 2617

Re: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)

Wow, it's been a very long time since I undated this thread. Basically I got to the point where I feel I have the fundamentals of the conversion down. I was able to put most of the keyboard back together. But I need a few more working sensors. I swear these things are cursed! Here's what it looks li...
by snacksthecat
13 Jul 2019, 20:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Help: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

kmnov2017 wrote:
13 Jul 2019, 20:36
The keyboard has clearly been serviced, but they forgot to fix the flyplate and for whatever reason removed and didn't replace the flyplate...
I think it's supposed to be like that, no? I thought the spacebar had one functional switch and one dummy switch to act as a stabilizer.
by snacksthecat
13 Jul 2019, 20:30
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Help: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

Wow you're not kidding, that thing looks great.
by snacksthecat
13 Jul 2019, 20:25
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

https://i.imgur.com/zhJ9ESN.jpg The retrobriting is actually giving me some trouble. My usual method is a little bit too gentle for this degree of yellow. I don't do this often but when I do, I use 3% peroxide applied to the plastic with a spray bottle. Then I put whatever I'm trying to whiten unde...
by snacksthecat
09 Jul 2019, 02:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Leaf80 - Bolt modded Alps Plate Spring TKL
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: Leaf80 - Bolt modded Alps Plate Spring TKL

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Someone just picked up one of the spare pcbs. I think I should have one or two left if anyone's interested.
by snacksthecat
08 Jul 2019, 02:32
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

For the caps, I just used some denture tabs and a little agitation. These are going to join the case under the retrobrite lamp. https://i.imgur.com/gRQICqK.gif I got the board all soldered up. So the next thing I turned my attention to was getting it working. I borrowed a 4p4c cable from the box of ...
by snacksthecat
08 Jul 2019, 00:14
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

I kicked off the retrobriting. The method I use is pretty slow so I expect it will take a while. https://i.imgur.com/ViKFUmn.gif Then came the incredibly tedious task of lubing and reassembling each switch. fkLhAgPRbO8 https://i.imgur.com/84p1W0Y.jpg The stabs had some rust and gunk on them so those...
by snacksthecat
07 Jul 2019, 22:05
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 213
Views: 6509

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Weighted cases are annoying. I like to move my keyboard around when I use it.
by snacksthecat
07 Jul 2019, 18:41
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 213
Views: 6509

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

I've linearised some SKCM Blues. Much better that way. I find the vague tactility of linear Alps pretty nice. Then again, I guess I could've just bought SKCL Greens. But, what's the fun in that? I did that too! I went all the way with one of them - full on SKCL housing with the LED slot in it. True...
by snacksthecat
07 Jul 2019, 02:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

First I gave the PCB and plate a good scrub down. https://i.imgur.com/cL49FK4.gif The plate had a little bit of rust so I did my best to remove it with naval jelly. https://i.imgur.com/4l6usLk.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LiH7RyK.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sF9zhiA.jpg I plan to retrobrite the case so I want...
by snacksthecat
07 Jul 2019, 00:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

As you could expect, the switches are very very scratchy. I decided I definitely want to clean them, maybe lube them as well. I don't really have any experience lubing MX switches. I used two pairs of very pointed tweezers to open each switch. After playing around with a few different methods, this ...
by snacksthecat
06 Jul 2019, 19:31
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

Hey snacks, what desoldering gun are you using in that timelapse? It makes it look easy! It's a Hakko FR301. It was pretty pricey but I'd been using one of these bulb desoldering irons for way too long and it was causing me temperature problems. https://i.imgur.com/lCE3P7T.jpg The bulb thing is gre...
by snacksthecat
06 Jul 2019, 02:13
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE
Replies: 23
Views: 1497

Re: Cleaning up zrrion's Wyse PCE

Well a heck of a lot of time has elapsed since I started this little project. zrrion reminded me the other day that I hadn't updated this thread for quite a while. I was just coming back to life after having pneumonia and working on something like this sounded like a good task to get me moving again...
by snacksthecat
30 Jun 2019, 21:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Any cheap way to make or order a switchplate?
Replies: 17
Views: 767

Re: Any cheap way to make or order a switchplate?

I usually make aluminium plates myself. I built a mostly printed cnc machine for this purpose. I designed the mill to be able to mill something the size of an entire Model F 122 Keyboard Case. I am not sure I can recommend this option, but if you have the space and think you will spend more than $5...

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